Kirsti Näntö-Salonen  


The Tower by Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

June 2020 - The Tower

June 2020 - Kirsti Näntö-Salonen

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The picture was taken in a wild-life preserve close to where we live in South-Western Finland. The trail winds round a shallow bay among tall reeds, with an occasional coastal access; it is like stepping into another, mystical world. It was an early afternoon in April, with bleak harsh light. I used Fuji XT2, XF zoom 18-55, at focal length of 55 mm, f/14, 1/80 s, manual settings, no tripod. Basic editing was done with Capture One 20, and final touches with Luminar 4. White balance was turned warmer and saturation and yellows were increased to achieve an impression of late evening at sunset. The bland sky was replaced with one of the options in Luminar’s AI Sky Selection menu (my first experiment), and some birds were picked up from the AI Augmented Sky Selection. I had in mind an image of a wizard’s tower with crows gathering home at sunset, with slightly ominous atmosphere…


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9 comments posted

Rick Finney   Rick Finney
Kirsti: You have succeeded! It is a beautiful image. I am also a big fan of Luminar 4. I love the effect of Sky Replacement and AI augmented sky replacement of the birds. Yes, this image a real mystical feel to it. Did you the warming effect tool to bring out the beautiful golden color of the grass. Also it seems you had also used the a small amount of the Horton effect . The rule of thirds is working well here. Anyway it is just a beautiful image. I really have no suggestion to improve it. Congratulations!   Posted: 06/04/2020 19:21:33
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Dear Rick, thank you for the wonderfully kind comments! I am so glad if the picture is able to mediate the feeling that I had in mind. I have to confess that I forgot to save the editing history and cannot recall the steps exactly. I think that I tinkered with while balance and saturation and hue of the yellows for the warmth of the color. I am very fond of the Orton effect, and probably have tried it here, too. I will keep better records next time!   Posted: 06/06/2020 13:49:18
Rick Finney   Rick Finney
I'm glad you are using Luminar 4. You have a good eye for an image. I'm 82 and don't have the ability to hike around much anymore. So I have to relie on previous taken images.   Posted: 06/06/2020 15:29:57
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Dear Rick, thank you! Your kind words mean so much to me. I have been browsing through the previous rounds of the group and admired your pictures full of ideas and imagination. I am sure that you have a huge stock to work with!
Kirsti   Posted: 06/07/2020 15:39:01
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Dear Rick, thank you! Your kind words mean so much to me. I have been browsing through the previous rounds of the group and admired your pictures full of ideas and imagination. I am sure that you have a huge stock to work with!
Kirsti   Posted: 06/07/2020 22:50:53

Joan Field   Joan Field
Kirsti,
You have made this image from a hum-drum one into something much more exciting. The colors are wonderful. I did have one thought about it. The tower which is in the title is so small especially against all of that grass. I suggest that you change it into a vertical to bring out the center of the image more as, for me, the large swatch of golden grass on the left captures my eye and takes it away from the interesting tower, sky and birds in the center. I am putting in the suggested change for your consideration.   Posted: 06/15/2020 16:11:45
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Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thank you, Joan! Great idea!   Posted: 06/21/2020 14:24:06

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Kirsti. This is a very nice image, and you have learned Luminar well. The warm light and textures in the grass in contrast with the blue water gives it a beautiful look and feel. I'm also a Luminar user and I have 2 ideas. In the settings of the sky replacement tool, there is a slider called "Relight scene". I wonder if you moved that to the right to see if it would add a slight warm touch to the blue water? Also in the bottom right of the edit panel there is a clock face. Click and it will give you history of each step in your edit. You can start again with original or another step and that will answer all of your questions of what you did. I use it all the time as I can't remember what I did before. Glad to have you as another Luminar user in our group.   Posted: 06/18/2020 16:23:59
Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Thanks, Bob, for the great tips ! I will try the relight tool! I have been using the clock while working on the picture, but just exported the final product without saving it, so couldn't see the history. Will start saving the process!   Posted: 06/21/2020 14:20:41